Commitment, Conviction, Character, and Attitude

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A note to our competitors this year whether you metaled or not:

“It’s not just about the results, it’s about perfect execution. It is the process that counts, not just the end result.”

Winning a championship metal and representing your team is a great thing but many people only reevaluate their technique and strategy during losses. To find their mistakes and places of improvement.  But rarely do people take the same amount of time after their wins.  It is important to spend just the same amount of time evaluating your wins as it is to evaluate and learn from your losses.  Why?  Because your mindset should be on perfect execution while on the mats in competition, not just trying to win a metal. The process is much more important than the result.  

Even if you win you should be evaluating why the match ended in such a close score.  “I should have left this match out of reach of my opponent,” or, “why was I able to win only  by points (advantages), why was I unable to finish with a submission? What opportunities did I miss to do so?”  You have to remember the win on that day of competition started weeks, months,(and for our seasoned competitors) even years in preparation for that one day of competition.  It included off-season practice, extra Sunday practices, private lessons, extra-work in the weight room, and extra time on the treadmill.   Every second of that process led you to a championship metal.   So how did you become a champion on that day of competition?  Because you already were a champion.  Your commitment, character, conviction, and attitude prior to that day of competition allowed you to do what you needed to do as a competitor on the day when it matters most. These attributes-commitment, conviction, character, and attitude- do not ensure success, but they make it possible.

 “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say.”  

There are doers who exude positive energy and have the toughness to work hard, persevere, overcome adversity, and take great pride in their work.  There are others who can always give you a reason why they don’t get it right.  If you know what you want and have the commitment, conviction, character, and attitude to go after it, then are you ready to do the things necessary to succeed?  Are you willing to put in the hard work that it’s going to take?

“You don’t always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve.”

What you want should be something you’ve already earned.  I believe that if you invest your time, you can get what you deserve.  Understand, this doesn’t mean you will always get what you want.  Just because you have a great 6 week training camp doesn’t mean you will win on competition day, but it does give you a better chance at winning.  In other words, doing things correctly will only put you in the best position for success, relative to the competition. As blackbelts, as coaches, and as leaders it is our responsibility to put our competitors in the best position to reach their goals, in every match and even in every single positional change in that one match.  As a person and martial artist, you have the same responsibility to yourself: to give maximum effort in all of your endeavors to set yourself up for success, even though it is not guaranteed.  Put the time into making practice, reviewing tape on yourself, watching matches on youtube, getting extra workouts outside of the dojo and always do the best work possible- and you’ll be surprised at the results. 

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Gunshots at Fresno City College

    Monday October 14, 2013 – Gunshots rang out on the Fresno City College campus.  No suspects have been detained as of so far and it looks like the weapon was a 9mm handgun which can easily be concealed under clothing or in a students backpack and brought onto campus.  

    Gun debates have been a hot topic this year with the shootings in the Batman movie theater in Colorado and the school shooting in Sandyhook.  With the way the media portrays it you would think that as a nation we are hitting a new time high in violence.  But the reality is that the nations violent crime rate has been dropping at consistent rates for many years now and that’s a very good thing.  The problem we have here in Fresno is that we are having major budget problems that stop our jails and prisons from holding onto recently detained criminals.  Our police are doing a great job of arresting these offenders but our jails are just overpopulated and underfunded as of right now. 

    This has lead many civilians here in Fresno County to think about their safety and either learn a new martial art, or buy a gun for home defense, or even obtain a license to carry a gun concealed in public.  In light of these new developments, Pacific Martial Arts has created a new program affiliated with the Guerrilla Combatives formed by Dave Camarillo.  The class here in Fresno will have aspects of MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, gun safety and weapon manipulation, knife scenario’s, multiple-attackers, non-lethal weapons (taser, pepper spray),  and how to defend yourself in your own home, work, or school classroom.  

    Classes are offered with a free-trial so you can come and see what the curriculum is all about.  The class is extremely beginner friendly and are geared towards teaching you a customizable self-defense strategy that works for your own personal lifestyle.  Whether you’re a mother of 3 children living in a house, or a Doctor who has to get to his car in the parking lot after a very late night shift off of work.  We’ve even had military personnel come in and learn some great techniques and strategies that will help them out in their home life off of the military base.  

    If you would like to obtain information on these classes then be sure to contact us by phone or come by the gym to try-out a free class.

Pacific Martial Arts
4774 N. Blackstone

Fresno CA. 93726

(559) 436-4641

 

KO Finisher 2013 Champion (Why no Medal picture revealed)

August 10, 2013 was the day that our student Trevor Kershaw stepped on the mats   to compete in his first BJJ competition since beginning his training only 5 months ago!  He has shown a lot of heart, and determination on his journey so far and we look forward to seeing the amazing work he is going to be accomplishing in the future.  He started training with us coming into the gym a strong 215 pounds with 6% bodyfat but we knew he would be more agile and be able to execute his Jiu-Jitsu moves if he dropped some of the muscle.  9 days out from the competition he was weighing  203 pounds but had some talks with his teammates and coaches and decided to drop to 181 for the tournament.  He accomplished this goal in 8 days showing his discipline and dedication and his hunger to compete and win.  He is also a determined driver!  If you ever need to get somewhere in California in an emergency then Trevor is the man to call.  He picked up his teammates at 5am that Saturday morning and made it all the way to the middle of San Francisco in 2 hours!  I didn’t know you could make a Chevy truck move so fast!  :P

The tournament venue was at the St. Anne of the Sunset church in San Francisco.  A highly irregular choice for a tournament but when it’s hosted by a guy like Kurt Osiander you would expect no less than to have some flair added to the event.  In true Rhino form, we watched numerous times during the tournament as Kurt scrolled up his heavy-metal playlist on his i-Phone and then he would dive into a solo head-banging ritual as if he was in an air-guitar type competition that was held for mosh pit dancers. We were sitting in the crowd and we would look to the right and Kurt would be head-banging to the death-metal band Lamb of God and then we would all look to the left and see a large golden statue depicting the crucifixion.  It was an odd dichotomy to say the least!  Apparently when Kurt’s at church and he thinks to himself, “WWJD?” He thinks Jesus would shift gears and start violently trembling his head to the sounds of Cannibal Corpse.  The venue was a long narrow hall that is normally used for holding church services. The pews were removed and mats were laid down in one long row six deep.

The first half of the tournament was held very professionally and on time.  It was a round-robin, submission-only type format.  The first qualifying round-robin brackets were 4 minutes per match.  This was apparently done to encourage action in the opening round.  In the semi-finals and final rounds, the competitors were given 10 minutes to compete.  In this round-robin format competitors would sometimes compete in one match and then as soon as they were stepping off the mats, their name was called immediately to compete in another match.  This is something all of our competitors at Pacific Martial Arts should be prepared for whenever competing in a tournament format like this one.

Soon enough his white belt division was announced to head on over to the competitors bull-pen and he was off competing in his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match of his life.  Here’s the video of his premiere match in the sport.

As you can see the back control lessons that our school has been focusing on lately has been paying off!  2 more seconds and that would have been an official submission win.  With little time to rest Trevor was called up for his 2nd qualifying round match shown here below:

Once again, a very good performance with great control and some near finishes.  By this time though,   Trevor had found his competitive vibe and was now ready to show what all his training had been for.  Here come the bow-and-arrows, back-to-back-to-back:

Because of a tie, the officials had a fourth match put into this qualifying round as a tie-breaker to see who would go on to the semi-final rounds.  This was a rematch from the guy in the 2nd video who caused us to have a draw that round. It was a do-or-die moment for our team and everyone from Fresno in the stands were on the edge of our seats hoping to see our teammate make it into the medal rounds.

There was so much momentum and excitement built up now! The whole team is excited and anticipating a great day for Trevor. 4 matches and two great submissions and now we are in the medal rounds  with the possibility of winning it all!!!!!!!!   And then…………… we wait.  And we wait.  And we wait some more.  There were purple belt matches going on.  Blue belts were rounding out there day. Another super-fight which would freeze the whole rest of the tournament.  There 7 super-fights which would hold up the rest of the mats.  We don’t need 7 super-fights!  And what once was 6 mats being used efficiently and on time at the beginning of the day, were now sometimes only 4 mats in use.  I believe the tournament went smoothly for almost everyone competing that day and from comments online, people were happy with how things were run.  But somehow Trevor’s division got lost in the shuffle and the wait between the qualifying rounds to the semi-final rounds was 4 hours!  His body was slowing down by this time and cramping up.  We only fed him a banana, and some energy gel and water because we kept hearing that his division was soon up.  This had both the coaches and the teammates from PMA nervous about how this would effect competitive performance. On top of this, Trevor had strained his right thumb and wrist from one of the earlier bow-and-arrows and had muscle fatigue in his forearms.  Finally the semifinals were called up and we put our game-faces back on and it was time to go win this.  Here’s the Semi-final match:

What a great competitor!  Luckily we did not have to wait long for the finals match-up where he faced a 4-stripe white belt.  If you are unaware of the stripe system in BJJ, it is 4 stripes to the next belt.  So Trevor is facing a competitor whose school recognizes  him as being very close to being promoted to blue belt.  Here’s the finals match up from Saturday:

After along and exhausting day the sweet sense of Victory made it all worth it.  And after all that time and hard work we saw Trevor take the podium stand and receive his reward………2 t-shirts and a coconut water……  Where’s the medal?  Boxing champions get awarded championship belts.  Olympians receive medals.  Bull riders receive championship belt buckles.  Even poker players get a bracelet to signify a big win. I would hope an event would hold it’s self with high enough esteem and pride in it’s brand and event that it would realize that the competitors would want some sort of physical recognition in the form of a trophy, or medal, or ninja sword! This was the very first KO event though and I’m sure all the small scheduling issues and medal awards will be worked out for the next event. It was a solid tournament overall and we enjoyed our time there.  

No worries though, it’s the journey that counts and victory was with Trevor and Pacific Martial Arts this day.  Now it’s back to the 3′rd floor and the thunderdome mats at Sierra Athletic Club to get ready for the US Open in October.

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Good Samaritans (PMA students) Helping Those in Need Around Fresno

Martial arts is about learning  how to fight but it is also about building the character of oneself.  Today is a great example in how our students showed what great samaritans they can be.

At the intersection of Shaw and Maroa in Fresno there sat a family minivan that had broken down and a female driver who was unable to fix the situation and there was one lone older gentleman who was the only person around willing to help out.  Unfortunately he was unable to move this automobile on his own.  Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Seo Perales was at the corner fruit stand when he noticed what was going on.  He quickly told the female driver that he was coming to her on the next green light to help her move the van when he noticed a 3-man group of young men running up to the same corner.  It turned out to be Alex and David Varanyan and another young gentleman accompanying them to help out in the rescue of this stranded minivan.  There were many people around in this situation and many cars that were passing by and not helping.  What are the chances that a blackbelt from PMA and some students from the same gym were on scene to help out at that exact  moment?  When the traffic signal hit green, all the men were able to push the minivan to the safety of a gas station and help out this stranded mother.  It was quite a proud moment for Pacific Martial Arts because there was plenty of time for many other people to help out this situation and we would of course expect that one of our instructors would help out.  But for some of our teenage students to come out and help out in the middle of traffic without being asked to and having the correct judgement and ability  to  run into traffic and to volunteer assistance speaks volumes to the program we are building and the students we are raising.  Thank you to David and Alex Varanyan for setting a good example and representing our school well.